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Migrant Writers and Urban Space in Italy

Proximities and Affect in Literature and Film


  • Uses critical tools created in sociology and geography, specifically on affect and space, resulting in a book that is interdisciplinary in content and scope

  • Ranges across both literature and film

  • Takes a timely look at the meaning of citizenship in the context of migration


Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Graziella Parati
    Pages 1-36
  3. Graziella Parati
    Pages 37-85
  4. Graziella Parati
    Pages 87-141
  5. Graziella Parati
    Pages 143-181
  6. Graziella Parati
    Pages 183-230
  7. Graziella Parati
    Pages 231-237
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 239-264

About this book


This book is about migrants’ lives in urban space, in particular Rome and Milan. At the core of the book is literature as written by migrants, members of a “second generation,” and a filmmaker who defines himself as native. It argues that the narrative authored by migrants, refugees, second generation women, and one “native Italian” perform a reparative reading of Italian spaces in order to engender reparative narratives. Eve Sedgwick wrote about our (now) traditional way of reading based on unveiling and on, mainly, negative affect. We are trained to tear the text apart, dig into it, and uncover the anxieties that define our age. Migrants writers seem to employ both positive and negative affects in defining the past, present, and future of the spaces they inhabit. Their recuperative acts of writing, constitute powerful models of changes in/on place. As they look at Italian exclusionary spaces, they also rewrite them into a present whose transitiveness allows to imagine a process of citizenship and belong constructed from below.


Geography Space Citizenship City Sociology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

About the authors

Graziella Parati is Paul D. Paganucci Professor of Italian Language and Literature at Dartmouth College, USA. Her previous monographs include Italy and the Cultural Politics of WWI (2016), New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies (2012) and The Cultures of Italian Migration (2011). 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Migrant Writers and Urban Space in Italy
  • Book Subtitle Proximities and Affect in Literature and Film
  • Authors Graziella Parati
  • Series Title Italian and Italian American Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Italian and Italian American Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-55570-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-85697-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-55571-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 264
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics European Literature
    Contemporary Literature
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